Seattle Kids Events Calendar

The Seattle Kids Events Calendar will keep you informed about what's happening in Seattle especially for kids and their families.

Many events on the other calendars are also suitable for children, but it's a lot of information to wade through! Most all of those have activities especially for kids. Here I've gathered some events that are specifically aimed at families with children to help you find some of them more easily.


Do you know of an event that families with children would really enjoy? If so, and you'd like to see it added to the calendar, tell me about it here!



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Things To Do in Seattle with Kids

  • Space Needle
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Experience Music Project
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Woodland Park Zoo OR The Museum of Flight

I recommend the Seattle CityPASS  - it will save you 45% off these 6 attractions, plus you can skip the lines. You'll save money if you go to at least four.


Garden D'Lights - Bellevue Botanical Gardens

October 29 - January 3
4:30pm-9:30pm
$5, ages 10 and younger free
Tickets go on sale Oct. 15 at www.gardendlights.org
12001 Main St., Bellevue

Avoid long lines by purchasing tickets online ahead of time. Free nights are Nov. 26, 27, 28, and 29, and Dec. 3, 4, 5, and 6 - first come, first served.


Seattle Children's Theatre - Dick Whittington and His Cat

November 13 - December 21
Seattle Children's Theatre at Seattle Center
201 Thomas St.

A holiday musical for all ages set in the charm of old London at the holidays.

Check Goldstar for half price tickets.


Enchanted Holidays at The Bravern

Seattle Christmas - at The Bravern
Photo Credit - The Bellevue Collection

Nov. 19 - Dec. 24, Wednesdays through Sundays
Photos with Santa - 12-6pm
Dec. 5, 12 and 19, Wednesdays
Little Bookworms Story Time - 11am - 12pm


Festival of Trees

November 22 - December 2
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St.

A display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with its own theme and style, and each dedicated to a patient at Seattle Children's Hospital.


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St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk.

Saturday, November 22
Check-in starts at 7:00am; Walk starts at 8:30am
Registration is free
Next 50 Plaza, Seattle Center

St. Jude supporters in 80 communities across the country will join together as teams and individuals to participate in this exciting family-friendly 5K walk to help raise money to support the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Walk will be indoors and strollers are welcome! Visit www.givethankswalk.org for more info.


Turkey Toss

Saturday, November 22
10am - 2pm
Free with zoo admission or membership
Woodland Park Zoo
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

Enjoy watching the animals dive into their own turkey feast.


22nd Annual Gingerbread Village - "Jingle All The Way"

Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village

November 25 - January 5
Open for viewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue

Local architecture firms team up with the Sheraton Seattle culinary team to design, bake, and build amazing gingerbread creations. Vote for your favorite.


A Christmas Carol - ACT Theatre


Photo: Chris Bennion

November 28 - December 28
ACT Theatre, 700 Union St.

This classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, hope, and redemption, is one of Seattle's favorite holiday traditions and definitely a must-see. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Tickets sell out, so buy yours early.

Discount tickets for A Christmas Carol available for some performances!


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Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Seattle Christmas - Magic Season Ice Arena
Photo Credit - The Bellevue Collection

November 28 - January 11
NE 1st St. and 102nd Ave NE, one block south of Bellevue Square
Admission $12; 8yrs. & under, Military members, Bellevue College students $9
All admissions includes skate rentals

An open-air frozen water ice skating rink in Bellevue Downtown Park. It does have a cover overhead, however, so don't let the rain stop you. Free skating lessons on select evenings, onsite skate sharpening, and food concessions are also available. Stroller skating is every Thursday from 2-3pm (Dec. 4, 11 & 18, and Jan. 1 & 8 from 1pm-3pm (1/1 from 9am-10am).


Christmas Ships Festival

November 28 - December 23
Schedule and Info

The Argosy Christmas Ships Festival has been a holiday tradition in Seattle for over 60 years. Each night the Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities. On board, choirs sing 20-minute performances broadcast over a speaker system. On shore, people gather around bonfires to watch the flotilla arrive. You can sail on board the Christmas Ship or one of the Parade ships that follow, join a group on shore, or add lights to your own boat and become part of the floating parade.


Family Gingerbread Workshops

Friday, from 12-2pm and 1-7pm
Saturday, 10am-noon and 2-4pm
$40 or $45 per family
Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way

All materials for building your own gingerbread creation are provided. Enjoy snacks and cider while you work. Sign up at www.kidsquestmuseum.org.


Holiday Express Train - Redmond Town Center

November 28 - December 24
Friday through Sunday, Nov. 28 - Dec. 24 - Noon to 8pm (mall hours)
Boards at NE 74th & 164th Ave NE

Come enjoy a magical ride on the Holiday Express Train at Redmond Town Center. Sit back, relax and explore this festive outdoor setting. Train ride is roughly 10 to 15 minutes.


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Macy's Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration

Friday, November 28
Parade begins at 9:00apm
Tree Lighting at 5:00pm
Downtown and Westlake Center

This is a Seattle holiday tradition and one of the highlights of the season. The Holiday Parade starts on 7th Ave, marches down Pine Street and University Street, then heads north to end at Macy's across from Westlake Center. Decorations are up, and the Holiday Carousel is operating. The official lighting of Westlake Center's Holiday Tree and Macy's Star is at 5pm. The evening ends with a fireworks display. It's one of the most fun days of the year to be downtown. We always went early so we could get a hot latte and find a good place to stand along the parade route. My kids loved it!


North Pole Santa Pictures

November 28 - December 24
Hours vary - see www.northpoleatthefair.com
Adults - $9, Kids 12 and under free
Washington State Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave SW, Puyallup


Nutcracker - Pacific Northwest Ballet
Love It Again, For The Last Time

November 28 - December 28
Pacific Northwest Ballet
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle Center

The world's most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker with choreography by Kent Stowell and performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet. The sets and costumes were designed by children's author Maurice Sendak and they are amazing. This is a Seattle holiday tradition.

Discount tickets to PNB's Nutcracker are available to some performances at Goldstar. After 31 years, this will be the final season of PNB's beloved Nutcracker. Do not miss it!!


Snowflake Lane

Seattle Christmas - Snowflake Lane
Photo - The Bellevue Collection

November 28 - December 24
7:00pm Nightly
Free
Bellevue Way and NE 8th St, Bellevue

This is a beautiful display of holiday lights, music, drammatic drumming from live toy soldiers, magical snow, and characters including a Snow Queen and King, and Sugar Plum Fairies along the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th St.


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Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

November 28 - January 4
5:30pm - 8:30pm (Closed on Dec. 24 & 25)
Adults: $9.50
Children ages 3-12: $6.50
Toddlers 2 and under: Free
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

Wildlights features wild animals and places created with thousands of sparkling LED lights. There willl be indoor and outdoor displays, food, entertainment, and two real live visiting reindeer, Lucky and Christi . The zoo's historic carousel will be open for rides.


Greet the Season at Lake Union

Saturday, November 29
10am - 9pm
Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave

A hands-on holiday celebration with music and dance performances and activities for all ages.


Santa Train - Northwest Railway Museum


Courtesy Northwest Railway Museum

Nov. 29 & 30; Dec. 6 & 7; Dec. 13 & 14; Dec. 19 & 20
$20 per person and a ticket is required for each person 2 years of age and older.
North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan Street, North Bend

Board the train at the North Bend Depot for a 20-minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie. There visitors will enter the historic Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus. Children will receive a small gift from Santa. Then enter the restored railway kitchen car for coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. There will be a little time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the train for the return trip to North Bend. Visit www.trainmuseum.org for more info.


Seattle Kids Marathon

Saturday, November 29
10:00am Race start
Seattle Center, Staging in Memorial Stadium
$20
Register at www.seattlemarathon.org


Things To Do in Seattle with Kids

  • Space Needle
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Experience Music Project
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Woodland Park Zoo OR The Museum of Flight

I recommend the Seattle CityPASS  - it will save you 45% off these 6 attractions, plus you can skip the lines. You'll save money if you go to at least four.


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Festivals of Light

December 1 - December 19
$6.50 - $7.50
Seattle Children's Museum
Seattle Center

Learn about winter holiday traditions around the world such as Diwali, Hanukkah, Santa Lucia, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.


Lake Union Lights

5pm-8pm

Sip hot beverages and vote for your favorite decorated boat.


A Child's Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner

A Child's Christmas in Wales at Stone Soup Theatre

December 5 - December 24
Stone Soup Theatre
4029 Stone Way N

One of the most enduring holiday memoirs, Dylan Thomas's "A Child's Christmas in Wales" recreates the nostalgic magic of Thomas' childhood Christmases in South Wales during a time when everything seemed brighter, better and more alive. "The Long Christmas Dinner" journeys the lives of several generations of the Bayard family, and some of their Christmas dinners.

Get half-price tickets here!


The Nutcracker - International Ballet Theatre

Seattle Christmas - IBT's Nutcracker
Photo Credit - The Bellevue Collection

December 5-7 & 12-23
www.ibtbellevue.org
Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue


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Drawing Jam

Saturday, December 6
9am - 7pm
$5-$10; Free for kids and teens
Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. E

Music, art, cuisine, and hands-on art activities with live models to draw. Drawing materials are provided at no cost and easels will be set up and waiting. Costumed models include the "Stars of Seattle" - which in the past have included the Seafair Pirates, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Teatro ZinZanni. Bring the whole family and draw, paint, and create!


Redmond Lights

Saturday, December 6
4pm - 8pm
Free
Redmond City Hall
15670 NE 85th St., Redmond

Start at Redmond City Hall Plaza with live music, refreshments, kids activities, and a holiday tree lighting ceremony with the Mayor of Redmond. Then walk along the West Sammamish Trail and enjoy carolers and lots of holiday decorations. End up at Redmond Town Center where you'll enjoy music, food, and entertainment.


Winterfest

Saturday, December 6
10am - 5pm
SW 152nd Street in Downtown Burien

Celebrate the holiday season with free horse and carriage rides, hay rides, hot treats, and a chance to shop locally with in-store specials.


The Nutcracker - Olympic Ballet Theatre

Olympic Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

December 12 - December 21
Everett Performing Arts Center and Edmonds Center for the Arts

Olympic Ballet Theatre presents its exciting full-length traditional production of The Nutcracker featuring a growing christmas tree, a booming cannon and the audience favorites, Mother Ginger and her Buffoons.


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Green Lake Pathway of Lights

Saturday, December 13
4:30pm-7:30pm; Rain or shine
Green Lake Park, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N

The 2.8 mile path around the lake is lit by luminaria with musicians and treats along the way.


Walking With Dinosaurs

December 17 - December 21
Tacoma Dome
2727 E. D St, Tacoma


Seattle's Traditional Santa Breakfasts

Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21
9:30am - 11:00am
Child under 12: $30 (includes keepsake ornament)
Adult $55
More info
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue

This beloved holiday tradition includes a holiday breakfast for children and adults and features traditional holiday entertainment: Leo the Clown, The Internationally Unknown Juggler, and the Olympic Ballet Theatre presenting an abridged version of The Nutcracker. And, of course, Santa! Reduced parking rates are available in the City Centre Garage.


Seattle Children's Theatre - Mwindo

January 22 - February 15
Seattle Children's Theatre at Seattle Center
201 Thomas St.

A centuries old African tale featuring heroic beings and fantastical creatures. For ages 9 and up.

Check Goldstar for discount tickets to this show!


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This is not an exhaustive list. But the Seattle Kids Events Calendar will give you some ideas and choices that are especially for kids and families. Check back now and then for updates.



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